Sid Fleischman was born in 1920, and sadly died in 2010.  He was American, and worked as a magician, a journalist, and who served in the US Navy before starting to write children’s books.  One of his last novels, The White Elephant, is on our Junior Book Shortlist. 

Sid Fleischman with Mrs Houdini

Sid Fleischman in 1935, with Mrs Houdini

  He has written over 50 novels, and won the Newbery Award in 1987 for The Whipping Boy